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Harry & Meghan's Wedding, Marriage & More: New Details Revealed in Their Netflix Docuseries

We got to learn even more about Harry & Meghan's iconic wedding and marriage in their new Netflix docuseries about their lives during and after leaving the UK.

Harry and Meghan during their first dance at their wedding

Harry and Meghan during their first dance at their wedding

One of the biggest weddings of the decades took place on 19th May 2018 when Prince Harry tied the knot with American actress Meghan Markle. To say we were little obsessed over here at Hitched HQ is an understatement!

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the famous couple, from their first meeting to their once-in-a-lifetime royal wedding to their lives today, plus what the revealed to Netflix in their explosive docuseries, 'Harry & Meghan'. 

What Did Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Reveal About Their Wedding?

It's safe to say the world was stunned when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed that they'd had a small, private garden ceremony ahead of their extravagant royal celebration in Windsor. We didn't think they'd go on to reveal more about their big day, but they've done exactly that in their new Netflix docuseries. 

Meghan revealed how calm she felt on the morning of her wedding, saying: “All I wanted was a mimosa, a croissant and, uh, to play the song ‘Going to the Chapel’. And that’s what I did. And it was great.”

That serenity soon turned to surprise though when she and her mother, Doria Ragland, travelled to the ceremony together and saw the 115,000 people lining the streets of Windsor. “I knew that when I got to the actual castle that there’d be tons of people," she explained.

"What I didn’t know is people would be lining both sides of the street. I mean, this is like a 15 minute drive. Me and my mom were like, ‘What is going on? Look at all these people!’”

Harry also talked about the high levels of expectation placed on them for the wedding, saying: “There was an expectation, right? Diana’s boy. There was an expectation to have a public wedding.” He went on to compare it to his brother’s nuptials, remarking: “Mission complete with William. Now, let’s see if this goes the distance with Harry and then we can actually go ‘job done’.”

What Music Did Harry & Meghan Have at Their Wedding?

Harry and Meghan sharing a kiss on their wedding day
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The couple also discussed their music choices during their docuseries, with Harry revealing that King Charles actually played quite a significant part. He explained that his father helped them to find the orchestra, and Meghan revealed that the song she walked down the aisle to, which was performed by the orchestra and a solo female vocalist, was chosen by Prince Harry. 

Speaking about their ground-breaking choice to have a gospel choir, the couple explained that again, Prince Charles helped to make that happen. “There wasn’t too much pushback on that,” Harry commented, implying that there had been at least some reluctance for it. He went on to say: “Everyone was like ‘Gospel choir. Wonderful idea. That’s great.’ And again, more help from my dad on that one.”

Meghan revealed they took the best people from different gospel choirs and brought them together into a new group called Kingdom Choir. Meghan's wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, was also shown in the documentary, saying: “The whole ceremony was something quite unique. The gospel choir, that had never been part of a royal wedding before.”

Meghan's friend Serena Williams was also featured, explaining how much she loved seeing Meghan’s culture represented: “I thought it was really courageous, and breaking boundaries, but not trying to.”

What Did Harry & Meghan Say About Their Wedding Ceremony?

The couple discussed their wedding ceremony, with Meghan explaining how she took a deep breath before walking part way down the long aisle alone. She gave some more context behind the decision to be accompanied by the then-Prince Charles part way, saying “Harry’s dad is very charming. I said to him, like, I’ve lost my dad in this. So, him as my father-in-law was really important to me. I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes. The whole thing was surreal.”

Harry also gave some adorable insight into how he felt when he saw Meghan for the first time that day: “Look at me, look at what I got. Look what I found.”

He went on to talk about how it felt at the altar, with billions of people watching around the world: “You know, the world was watching us. But when we were actually at the altar, as far as I was concerned it was just the two of us.”

Vicky Tsai, a friend of the couple, said: “It felt like a moment where the world paused and celebrated love. I remember watching him look at her, and I almost started to cry.”

Where Was Harry & Meghan's Wedding Reception?

The couple discussed their wedding reception, which took place at St George's Hall in Windsor, reflecting on what it was like to have Elton John playing as the guests mingled. Meghan shared that she lost sight of her mum, as she "made a beeline" to watch Elton. 

The couple laughed together about how they cut their wedding cake with a sword. “It was so great,” says Meghan. “It was so over the top.”

As they didn’t marry in central London, we missed out on the opportunity for a Buckingham Palace balcony kiss, something we’ve come to expect from so many royal weddings. However in exclusive photos revealed in the docuseries, it looks like the couple did their own take, more privately, with a balcony kiss within St George’s Hall. 

What Was Harry & Meghan's First Dance Song?

One of the most heart-warming parts of the documentary was when the couple discussed how they wanted their wedding to be fun - something every couple wants! 

The couple revealed their first dance - with Meghan expressing how important it was to her that the music felt "fun" - was to ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’. Photos shown in the documentary show the couple dancing wildly, with Harry tipping Meghan back, the pair throwing their arms over their heads, and even them linking hands and spinning together in a really joyful display.

After the dancing, the couple and their guests headed outside for a firework display that lit up the skies over Windsor.  

When Did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Meet?

Outside terrace of Dean Stree Townhouse with guests being served pints of beer
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We all thought Harry and Meghan first met on Friday 1st July 2016 when they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. However, the couple revealed in their documentary that they were set up after Harry spotted a picture of Meghan on a pal's Instagram feed, complete with a Snapchat dog filter!

Meghan was in London promoting the latest season of her TV series Suits, while Harry had just returned from France where he had helped commemorate 100 years since the battle of the Somme. The pair headed to Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse, where Meghan was staying during her time in London, to enjoy some beers and martinis. 

Things evidently went very well - in their later engagement interview on the BBC, Harry admitted that he fell for Meghan "so incredibly quickly" and that it felt like the "stars were aligned" for their future relationship.

Meghan teasingly accused Harry of being late for their first date - luckily she forgave him and they had a second date the very next night!

One thing does remain a mystery - who set Harry and Meghan up on their first date? While no one has confirmed this, it was rumoured to be Violet Von Westenholz, a close family friend of Harry's and friend of Meghan's through her work as a Ralph Lauren PR Executive. 

When Did Harry and Meghan Get Engaged? 

Harry and Meghan officially announced their engagement to the public on 27th November 2017, however the exact date of the proposal in November is unknown. 

The couple revealed that Harry got down on one knee in early November during a “cosy night in” at their home of Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace while the couple were roasting a chicken. Despite all the speculation over their relationship, Harry said that he was still able to surprise Meghan and she said yes before he’d even got the words out.

“It was so sweet and natural and very romantic,” Meghan said. Prince Harry took the traditional approach of getting the blessing of Meghan’s parents first before letting his family know.

The Queen, Prince Charles (as he was at the time), Prince William and Kate all welcomed Meghan into the family with congratulatory messages straight after the announcement. Meghan’s parents said the engagement was a “source of great joy” for them.

READ MORE: Should You Ask Permission to Propose?

Did Meghan Markle Change Her Engagement Ring?

Harry, dressed in a blue suit, and Meghan, in a sheer black dress with gold leaf detail, both seated, hold hands and smile at the camera. Meghan's engagement ring is prominent
Image: Kensington Palace

A lot of thought went into Meghan's original engagement ring - Harry revealed that he designed the ring himself and had it made by Cleave and Company, the Queen’s personal jewellers.

Harry revealed his inspiration in an interview with the BBC, saying: “The ring is obviously yellow gold because it’s her favourite. And the main stone itself is from Botswana. And the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”

The ring has undergone a few changes since then, although you may need to take a closer look to spot them. Instead of plain gold, the band now features rows of diamonds, a decision allegedly made by Prince Harry. 

According to royal biographers, Harry wanted the ring to match the the eternity band bought for his wife as a first year anniversary present. They have also stated that Harry, Meghan and son Archie's birthstones are also featured on the underside of the ring. 

When Did Harry and Meghan Get Married?

Prince Harry – perhaps the world’s most eligible bachelor – and Suits actress Meghan Markle will exchanged their wedding vows on 19th May at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Their choice of date clashed with the FA Cup final, an event that Prince William, who’s president of the FA, usually attends, however he gave it a miss to stand by his brother's side as his best man. 

It was the biggest royal wedding since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

Where Did Harry and Meghan Get Married?

Grand interior of st georges chapel with stained glass window
Twitter / @kensingtonroyal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, described by a palace spokesperson as "a very special place" for the happy couple. 

However, it was later revealed in Harry and Meghan's famous interview with Oprah that three days before the official royal wedding, the couple had exchanged vows in their back garden with only the Archbishop of Canterbury present. 

Who Was Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designer?

Meghan Markle standing on steps in wedding dress and cathedral length veil
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Meghan Markle's iconic bateau neck wedding dress was designed by British designed Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at Givenchy. 

Meghan opted for a more traditional look, with a bateau neckline and 3/4 length long sleeve, paying tribute to Audrey Hepburn's wedding dress. This was paired with a tiara and silk cathedral length veil to create a simple and timeless look with enough character to fill the huge aisle. 

Clare Waight Keller revealed in the Netflix docuseries 'Harry & Meghan' that she and Meghan discussed how: “It has to be flawless, it has to be perfect.” She reflected on a conversation she had with the Duchess of Sussex about how this dress would be seen by "billions of people around the world."

She definitely delivered - it's one of the most iconic royal wedding dresses we've ever seen!

Did Meghan Markle Have Bridesmaids?

Women leading the group of child bridesmaids and pageboys up the stairs
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Meghan did not have a maid of honour when she married Prince Harry, although her pals Priyanka Chopra and stylist Jenna Mulroney were both hotly-tipped to take on the role. The Palace revealed that Meghan simply couldn’t make her mind up about which friend she wanted to choose (we hear ya!).

Meghan encountered the same problem when it came to selecting her bridesmaids. Instead of choosing between her close-knit circle of friends, she decided to have the children of close friends and family as her bridesmaids instead. This included Princess Charlotte, Ivy Mulroney, Remi and Rylan Litt, Zalie Waren, and Florence van Cutsem.

Who Was Prince Harry's Best Man?

harry and william in a workshop pretending to battle with lightsabers
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In a break from tradition, Prince Harry decided to ask his brother Prince William to be his best man

Royals don't typically have a 'best man' at their wedding ceremony - this role is officially known as a 'supporter'. Prince William first broke this tradition at his 2011 wedding when he appointed Harry as his best man - nice to see him returning the favour!

Is Meghan Markle a Princess?

Candid picture. Meghan Markle gazes lovingly at Prince Harry, who is talking to someone out of shot
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According to British peerage rules, Meghan couldn't become a princess through marriage. Princess Diana was given her title by the media, not royalty, which means Princess Meghan is off the cards. Diana's official title was 'Diana, Princess of Wales', which is a title her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, has now inherited through her marriage to William, now the Prince of Wales, a title typically given to the eldest son of the reigning monarch.

By tradition, male members of the royal family receive a title from the Queen on their wedding day and the Duke of Sussex is the vacant title that Harry received, making Meghan the first Duchess of Sussex. If Harry had turned down a title and stuck with his princedom, Meghan would have become Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

However, in a much talked about decision, Harry and Meghan stepped back from their senior royal duties in 2020, meaning that they no longer use their HRH titles, but are still known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Where Are Meghan and Harry Today?

Meghan and Harry made the difficult decision to step back from their senior royal duties in 2020. Since then, they've moved to Montecito, California and become the proud parents of Lilibet, a little sister for Archie, as well as working on projects like Meghan's People's Choice Award-nominated podcast 'Archetypes' and Harry's memoir 'Spare'. 

The power couple also use their platform to shed light on important global issues. Among many examples, the pair have volunteered with LA non-profit organisation Project Angel Food to deliver free meals to vulnerable people during the pandemic, donating copies of Meghan's children's' book 'The Bench' to schools and libraries, and founding their own non-profit, Archewell. 

Where Do Harry and Meghan Live?

Meghan and Harry moved to Montecito, California in 2020. Privacy is key in their neighbourhood, which is full of secluded hillside estates owned by the likes of Oprah, Tom Cruise and Ellen DeGeneres. 

According to TMZ, the couple spent £11.2 million on the property, which covers five acres of land. The house has nine bedrooms and sixteen bathrooms and is also rumoured to have a separate guest house. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a a library, office, spa with both dry and wet saunas, gym, games room, cinema, wine cellar and a garage with space for five cars to keep everybody occupied. 

It's no surprise that Meghan and Harry's wedding was voted as one of the best UK celebrity weddings in the past 25 years by Hitched users - you can see the other famous UK weddings here.